Subject : Monday mourning . . . .
19 December 2016
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
The 538 members of the US Electoral College will meet at their home state legislatures today to vote on who will be the next President of the United States. The EC is made up of 50 groups of voters (one group for each of the 50 states in the US), each representing the total number of federal lawmakers from their state. (Thus Oklahoma, which is represented in Washington, D.C. with 2 Senators and 5 Representatives, will have a total of 7 electoral college votes today in Oklahoma City; while the state of California, which sends 2 Senators and 53 Representatives to Congress, will cast a total of 55 electoral college votes in Sacramento today. The electoral college traditionally operates under a ‘winner-takes-all’ rule, and most state delegates are expected to vote for the presidential candidate who won the majority of popular votes that were counted on November 8th in their state. The winner of today’s Electoral College vote must receive at least 270 votes today.
The Executive Branch of the Federal Government is split over who should be chosen by the Electoral College today as the next President of the United States. Here we see the ruling class divided over their specific self-interests and an internecine war is about to break out, unless it can be contained by compromises between the two ruling-class factions who are now polarized over the America’s longest war.
Social class struggle will not disappear, but the political split within the ruling class in the US is likely to produce a prolonged fight over which faction will control the driver’s seat in the coming years, and shifting class alliances are likely to occur.
Readers beware : 'when elephants fight only the grass gets trampled.'
We see in modern history what can happen when a ruling class is divided, as it was in France following the humiliating military defeat of French troops at the end of the Second Empire. The Paris Commune (March 18 - May 28, 1871) stands out as a grim reminder of the fury of the ruling class when it seeks to reconsolidate itself in order to ward off greater capital losses in the throes of social revolution.
Below, Andrew Feinstein discusses the corrupt weapons deal in post-apartheid South Africa and how this sparked his quest to uncover the world of war profiteers and weapons contractors. It is a description of international capitalism and the class alliances which make it possible.
The 5 items below will inform CEIMSA readers on this eve of a new presidency in the US. We can see, as class struggle escalates, tactics will change to accommodate new needs to secure labor exploitation and to assure maximum profits for corporate investors. The collateral damages must be redefined periodically to justify these tactical modifications; among these malleable tactics are the presidential elections.
Professor emeritus of American Studies
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
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